Blood On The Moon – Foreword

This–Blood On The Moon–was the first story I wrote when I began to write in earnest. I actually scribbled the first part of it down on a legal tablet as Sherry, her friend, Summer, and I were on our way to Houston from Austin one Saturday. I’d written several poems for Sherry, and had just written one for Summer. One of them asked me if I wrote anything besides poetry, and I said, “Sure. I haven’t done it since high school, though.” At their urging, I took out a pad and pen and scratched out a few clumsy paragraphs then handed it to Sherry (Summer was driving). Sherry read, out loud, what I’d written, and when she finished, her and Summer chimed, “Wow!” I finished the story a few days later.

That “wow” was all it took–sixteen years ago–to set me off on the course which I now find consumes most of my time. So… now you know who to blame for me pestering you with all these crazy stories and poems!

That said, I am going to post the story Blood On The Moon in five short segments today. I have no idea if anyone likes or dislikes my splitting stories up this way, because after doing it several times, I’ve had no feedback from anyone–good or bad. My thought is, y’all don’t have time to read the whole thing at once, so I try to split it up, so you can grab each little morsel and move on to whatever else you were doing (I realize many of you poor suckers have jobs).  My other reasoning is that by leaving you hanging after each little tidbit, you will be chomping at the bit for more by the time the next segment comes. Now, if the roles were reversed, what I’d probably do is simply wait until the final segment was posted then go read them all at once; but, that’s just me.

I do hope you enjoy this–the first short story of my storied career–and I ask you to please share it on FaceBook and with all your friends. (I know my writing career isn’t a “storied” one, but that just sounded so cool!)

The first part of the 5 part story will be posted at 11:30 this morning. The last part will be posted at 6:30 this evening.


  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    Can’t wait!!

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